Vera (2011– )
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The Ghost Position 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 22 April 2012
Vera's reunited with her first mentor and colleague after his home is firebombed and his teenage daughter badly injured.


Peter Hoar


Paul Rutman (screenplay), Ann Cleeves (characters)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... DCI Vera Stanhope
David Leon ... DS Joe Ashworth
Wunmi Mosaku ... DC Holly Lawson
Paul Ritter ... Billy Cartwright
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... DC Kenny Lockhart
Jessica Barden ... Stella Macken
Sonya Cassidy ... Celine Ashworth
Ron Cook ... Brian Gower
Julie Graham ... Marianne Gower
Steven Hartley ... Sgt Stuart Macken
Rose Leslie ... Lena Holgate
Joe MacCabe Joe MacCabe ... Duty PC
Sarah Lewis Obuba Sarah Lewis Obuba ... Young Woman
Jon Regan Jon Regan ... Witness 2
Charlie Richmond Charlie Richmond ... Witness 1


Vera's former colleague Stuart Macken kills himself after his house is firebombed, leaving his daughter, Stella, in a coma. Vera learns that Stuart never recovered from his ex-wife, Marianne, leaving him for Brian Gower and had to be made subject of a restraining order. Given the two men's mutual antipathy, Gower is Vera's prime suspect but then there are others, people he recently arrested. One is Stella's former school teacher and another may have been her older lover. Indeed, Stella turns out to hold the key to everything. At the same time Vera's perceived bias toward Stuart leads to a run-in with constable Holly. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Unlike many other members of the CID team, Holly actually gets to leave on screen. In forthcoming years, some team members disappear from the show without a mention. See more »


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DS Joe Ashworth: [Talking about Stuart Macken] Did you ever...? Uh?...
DCI Vera Stanhope: What? What? Me and Stuart Macken? Ah, come on, use your eyes. I was way out of his league wasn't I!
DS Joe Ashworth: [laughs] Aye, that's what I said.
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Very confusing but powerful episode.
13 September 2020 | by epacrisimpressaSee all my reviews

It took several viewings, some research and a lot of pondering, but I finally understood the plot! If anyone is still in doubt as to who did what, go to the video at 1:20:48 and you'll see what you need to see. And by the way, teenagers can absolutely put their parents through the wringer!

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